Copenhagen Fashion Summit


Since its first edition in 2009, Copenhagen Fashion Summit has established itself as the world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion. Convening major fashion industry decision makers, the multi-stakeholder event – regularly referred to as the Davos of the fashion industry – has become the nexus for agenda-setting discussions on the most critical environmental, social and ethical issues facing our industry and planet.

Come 2018, Copenhagen Fashion Summit will see the launch of a new, revamped format. As a result the Summit will now last two days, allowing more time to explore new elements of the Summit, gain knowledge, share experiences and discover innovative solutions.

The sixth edition of Copenhagen Fashion Summit will take place on 15-16 May 2018 at the Copenhagen Concert Hall under the patronage of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.


Pulse of the Fashion Industry report

The fashion industry has a clear opportunity to act differently, pursuing profit and growth while also creating new value for the world economy. It comes with an urgent need to place environmental, social and ethical improvements on management’s agenda.

In the first Pulse of the Fashion Industry report (May 2017), The Global Fashion Agenda, in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group, have made an in-depth assessment of the industry’s environmental and social performance. Drawing on the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index and a survey of more than 90 senior managers responsible for sustainability issues and a variety of other sources, it offers the first comprehensive common fact base on the health of the industry – with a “Pulse Score” by type of company, size, region and stage in the value chain.




At Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017, Global Fashion Agenda called on fashion brands and retailers to sign a commitment to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system. By the 30 June 2017 deadline, 64 companies and corporations had signed the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment representing a total of 142 brands and 7.5% of the global fashion market. 

Today's linear “take, make, dispose” economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, a model that is reaching its physical limits. By acting already today, the fashion industry can lead the transition to a circular system that restores and regenerates materials while offering new opportunities for innovative design, increased customer engagement and the capturing of economic value.

Global Fashion Agenda has outlined four immediate action points to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system. Signatories commit to setting targets in one or more of these four action points for 2020 and to annually report on their progress. Global Fashion Agenda will support the brands in implementing the commitment through knowledge sharing, policy engagement and by facilitating industry alignment.